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German Historical Institute Prize for Bristol PhD Student

20 November 2017

Marcel Thomas has been awarded the Prize of the German Historical Institute London for his PhD thesis 'Local Lives, Parallel Histories. Villagers and Everyday Life in the Divided Germany'.  Marcel completed his MA and PhD in the Department, and is now Departmental Lecturer in Modern European History at St. Antony's College Oxford. 

The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis on German history (submitted to a British or Irish university), British history or the history of the British Empire (submitted to a German university). 

Dr Thomas said of his research: ‘When I set out to research the histories of two German villages, I was hoping that my work could add a new perspective to the history of the divided Germany. The award is a fantastic confirmation that there is much to be gained from exploring local experiences of life in postwar societies, and I certainly learned a lot from the life histories of my interviewees.’

Receiving the award was ‘a great honour, and also a hugely rewarding experience after almost four years of work on this project’.  He is now ‘very excited to now turn my thesis into a monograph!’

Professor Josie McLellan, Head of Department, said: 'This is a tremendous achievement, and a real testament to the originality and importance of Marcel's research.' 

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